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Casey Johnson Casey Johnson
January 6th, 2014 4:03pm EST

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg

Jenny McCarthy has taken to Twitter to respond to a story claiming her son was misdiagnosed with autism.

RadarOnline posted a story, since deleted, making the claim by citing a "new" TIME interview with the actress that was actually three years old. The quotes were also taken out context; McCarthy was describing the positive changes to her son and not saying he did not have autism.

In the 2010 interview she said, "Evan couldn't talk—now he talks. Evan couldn't make eye contact—now he makes eye contact. Evan was antisocial—now he makes friends. It was amazing to watch, over the course of doing this, how certain therapies work for certain kids and they completely don't work for others.

"When something didn't work for Evan, I didn't stop. I stopped that treatment, but I didn't stop." Not exactly a claim he didn't have autism, but RadarOnline ran with it anyway.

After RadarOnline's story made the rounds, McCarthy was quick to hit back. She posted on twitter, "Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center).

"The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate.

"These stories cite a 'new' Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight."

Considering RadarOnline has removed the story, her legal measures are most likely underway already.

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